Debugging a Pear Terminal Application

Debugging Pear Terminal Applications is different than debugging Desktop Applications because they do not come with a UI. Instead a few steps are needed.

Use Pear Inspect together with the Pear Runtime Desktop and use any tool that supports DevTools like Chrome.

Step 1. Install pear-inspect

First install pear-inspect:

npm install pear-inspect

Step 2. Add Code

This code should run as the first thing in the application:

if ( {
  const { Inspector } = await import('pear-inspect')
  const inspector = await new Inspector()
  const key = await inspector.enable()
  console.log(`Debug with pear://runtime/devtools/${key.toString('hex')}`)

Step 3. Run In Dev Mode

As the code specifies, pear-inspect is only running when in dev mode, so start the app:

pear dev .

The application will output something similar to:

Debug with pear://runtime/devtools/a1b2c3d4e5f6a1b2c3d4e5f6a1b2c3d4e5f6a1b2c3d4e5f6a1b2c3d4e5f6a1b2

Step 4. Add to Pear Runtime Desktop

In Pear Desktop go to Developer Tooling and paste in the key.

Note that the key can also be sent to someone else and they can debug the app remotely.

Step 5. Open in Chrome

Click on Open in Chrome or copy the link into a tool that support DevTools.

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